Smaart System Requirements

Smaart is available for both the Microsoft® Windows® and macOS® operating systems. Besides the obvious OS differences, the two versions are exactly the same in functionality, look and operation. Below are the minimum hardware / OS requirements. Newer OS versions are compatible unless otherwise stated.

Minimum Req. Windows macOS (64-bit only)
OS Version Windows 7 SP1 OSX 10.11 (El Capitan)
Processor / CPU 2 GHz Dual-Core 2 GHz Dual-Core
Memory / RAM 2GB 2GB
Graphics Intel HD 4000 OR 256mb VRAM* Intel HD 4000 OR 256mb VRAM
Display 1024 x 768 1024 x 768
Sound Compatible ASIO® or WAV/WDM drivers Compatible Core Audio drivers

These are the absolute minimum requirements for Smaart to operate. A more powerful setup may be required if you plan on taking more intensive measurements, using multiple windows, running a large amount of simultaneous transfer function measurements, etc.

*Important: Intel Graphics on Windows (April 2021):
We’ve detected some problems with Smaart crashing while the program is being resized on laptops running Intel HD/UHD 600 on-board graphics (and likely any other Intel series chips that use the same driver). Our recommendation is to avoid Windows machines running only Intel on-board graphics whenever possible, as the crash does not occur with AMD and NVidia graphics cards.

Additionally, utilizing a dedicated graphics processor (AMD/Nvidia) on your machine has many benefits, including ensuring that those resources are free for your CPU to use for calculations in Smaart and other programs, resulting in better performance overall. 

*Important: Lenovo Laptops (December 2019):
While we do not make any recommendations for hardware, a problem has surfaced with a certain series of Lenovo laptops with an unknown hardware limitation or configuration that results in problems with Smaart’s licensing. If you are in the market for a laptop, we highly advise not using the now-discontinued Lenovo ideapad Flex 4 or Yoga 500 series for Smaart.

Problems with read/write times on these computers is resulting in Smaart’s licensing not working as intended. If you have any questions or concerns about this please feel free to contact us for more information. Other Lenovo computers are unaffected at the time of this announcement.